William Crozier

1930 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

William Crozier is a contemporary artist considered well established, who was born in the United Kingdom. William Crozier was born in 1930. Artists Howard Hodgkin, Patrick Caulfield, Norman Ackroyd, Gillian Ayres and David Hockney are of the same generation and same country as William Crozier.

Galleries and Exhibitions

William Crozier's work is on display at Flowers | New York in the United States. William Crozier most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Flowers | Cork Street in London with the exhibition 50 Years. The exhibition was open from 06 February 2020 until 29 February 2020. William Crozier's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Summer Group Show (08 July 2019 - 25 August 2019) at Flowers | Cork Street in London and IVON HITCHENS & HIS LASTING INFLUENCE (28 June 2019 - 26 July 2019) at Candida Stevens Gallery in London. William Crozier's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called A Retrospective and took place at Flowers | New York in the United States from the 15 July 2017 to 27 August 2017.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Britain has been a crucial hub for artistic production for centuries. While it gained vast wealth through colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also exposed to the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. In the contemporary era, Britain had been largely eclipsed by the influence of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But in the late nineteenth century, Britain became a significant centre in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a major movement setting the tone for artist-led organisations, guilds and organisational co-operative types that would later develop into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Important artistic movements that characterize British modernism include for instance Vorticism, involving artists part of the Bloomsbury group. Some significant British artists of the modern and contemporary period include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Paula Rego - and in more recent years the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Chris Ofili and others.

Further Biographical Context for William Crozier

William Crozier was born in 1930, grew up during the 1950s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. In the Post-War period the lens of modernism was focused, in terms of international attention, on developments in New York City. The Second World War had brought many leading creatives to the city in exile from Europe, leading to a substantial pooling of talent and ideas. Important Europeans that came to New York and provided inspiration for American artists included Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann, who between them set the foundations for much of the United States’ significant cultural growth in the decades thereafter. Key artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, but necessary reassessment of this period has underlined the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

William Crozier

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